January 2013

Winter trees bordering pond
Exploring engineering at UTM
U of T engineering jacket

U of T Mississauga may offer a first-year engineering option on this campus as early as 2015, says Professor Ulrich Krull, vice-principal research and special initiatives at U of T Mississauga.

Early discussions between the Faculty of Engineering and U of T Mississauga are “flourishing,” Krull said, in an interview. “We believe an engineering presence on this campus would be a very appealing option to engineering students, particularly in light of proposed courses.”

Engineering students would spend their first two years at UTM rather than one year at St. George. They would enroll in all of the courses required to complete the first-year requirements of an engineering degree with the added benefit of concurrently pursuing arts and science courses. Students would be guaranteed the option of completing an arts and science minor, and in some cases, could even opt for a major by completing additional courses in subsequent years. With the added courses, students would take five years to complete their degree.

Art goes Door to Door
Driftwood art in mailbox

U of T Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery is taking art to the streets, and in some cases, right into the homes of local residents. The gallery’s unconventional Door to Door project, launched in 2011, is a series of roaming art events that pairs contemporary artists for one-week exhibitions throughout Mississauga. Door to Door’s sixth edition will unveil across the city in spring 2013.

From a silent cheerleading routine performed for local businesses, to quotation plaques mounted on buildings, to driftwood art delivered through the mail, Door to Door triggers inquiry, reflection, and conversation.

Christof Migone, director and curator of Blackwood Gallery, founded the ‘site-less’ project following successful off-site exhibitions in Port Credit. “Ultimately, we want people to come to UTM, but we need a presence outside the gallery as well,” Migone says. “Many talented artists work well ‘in the street’ without the framing device of a gallery.”

Building cancer-busting molecules
Professor Patrick Gunning

The passion for science came at an early age for University of Toronto Mississauga’s Chemical and Physical Sciences Professor Patrick Gunning, fuelled by the gift of a chemistry set from an aunt who taught the subject.

After completing an honours undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Glasgow and post-doctoral medical chemistry research at Yale, Gunning headed to UTM where, through his work with molecule synthesis, he hopes to find a cure for cancer.

Gale-force winds affect oceans
Professor Kent Moore

Gale-force winds that whip around the Greenland coast are driving ocean circulation, confirms a new study on the cover of the Nov. 30 issue of Geophysical Review Letters.

The study, led by U of T Mississauga professor Kent Moore, shows that a new diagnostic tool reveals the formation of high-speed winds in the northern Atlantic and their effect on ocean waters, deep sea currents and sea ice behaviour.

“We now have a more complete understanding of the complexity of the climate system,” says Moore, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. “This new diagnostic shows us how the shape of coastline can impact winds, and how the winds in turn drive oceanic events.”

Pamphlets in four colours
Personality Dimensions: understanding yourself and others - Wed, 01/30/2013

DATE:   Wed, January 30, 2013

TIME:   9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

PLACE: Davis Building, room 3129

  • Learn more about yourself and others using four personality types or colours
  • Understand temperament styles, behaviours and blind spots
  • Leverage the talents of colleagues, friends and family
More >
Living Library Project logo
Living Library Project - Wed, 02/06/2013

Unplug from technology and sit down with one of our inspiring “living books.” In collaboration with Hart House, UTM introduces the Living Library Project, an initiative designed to create dialogue, break down barriers, and promote the power of one-on-one conversation.

DATE:   Wed, February 6, 2013

TIME:   11 a.m.-3 p.m.

PLACE: UTM Instructional Centre Café

  • Borrow a “human book” for 30 minutes of open dialogue
  • Explore other backgrounds and cultures through compelling personal stories
  • Find out what it's like to be an associate producer at CBC, a traditional aboriginal elder, or an award-winning documentary filmmaker
  • Free event/registration required
More >
The Wealthy Barber Returns book front cover
Wealthy Barber coming to UTM - Fri, 02/08/2013

David Chilton, author of the Wealthy Barber books and the newest member of CBC's Dragons’ Den, will give tips and insights into personal finance at the Department of Management’s first annual Countdown to Success event. 

DATE:  Fri, February 8, 2013

TIME:   2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

PLACE: UTM Recreational, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC)

  • Open to students, staff, alumni, professionals
  • Trade fair 2:30 p.m., keynote speech 3:30 p.m., networking reception 5 p.m.
  • Advance registration required
More >
Arts Festival logo
UTM Arts Festival - Fri, 02/08/2013

The UTM Arts Festival is a unique, visual art exhibition that transforms the CCT atrium space into a 1-night only, student-based art gallery. The Arts Festival allows our students to express themselves creatively and some of the most talented visual artists within the UTM student community will display their work. 

DATE:  Fri, February 8, 2013

TIME:   6 p.m.-10 p.m.


  • Visual art exhibition 6-8 p.m., performance showcase 8-10 p.m.
  • Performances in dance, music, theatre and poetry; refreshments; prizes
  • Tickets $10, available Jan 30 to Feb 8 from 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Oscar Peterson Hall lobby
More >

Wikis? In Blackboard?

By Rochelle Mazar

Down at the end of the list of course tools in Blackboard is a tool called, simply, wikis. It’s a tool that allows you to create pages within your course site that everyone can edit. Have you wondered what on earth you could do with that tool? Here are some ideas!

Thumbnail of a wiki page

Sign-up Sheet
Have you ever wanted your students to sign up for dates, topics, or anything else? Wiki pages can stand in as the old ‘sheet of paper taped to the door’. Create a page for each date range, topic range, add numbers to help students understand how many people you want in each group, and let students add their names! The wiki tool remembers every edit, so if anyone happens to swap out someone else’s name for their own, you’ll be able to track it.

Sharing Links and files
If your students are scanning the news for interesting developments, or collecting videos, blog posts, or creating and sharing documents with the class, you can organize wiki pages by subject or theme and ask students to share what they find there. It’s easier to browse than the discussion board, and all the content goes into the same place.

Collaborative Bibliography
Are your students finding articles or books for a project? Divide up your wiki pages by project and have students add citations and notes to a single collaborative bibliography. Wikis are gradable, so you’ll be able to pick out each person’s individual contribution at the end of term.

Shared Class Notes
Do you have groups of students creating and sharing class/lecture summary notes every week? Have them post it to a wiki page instead of submitting a word document! That way, other students can edit typos, add ideas, or anything else.

One caveat: wiki pages on Blackboard can only be edited by one student at a time, so the more divisions you make (by date, themes, topics, etc.), and the more pages you create, the less likely it is that students will get in each other’s way. If you have a big class, create enough individual pages so that there are twenty students or less attempting to edit on a single page.

Want help? Want more info? Want to talk over an assignment? Drop by the library, or get in touch with us!

Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

New faces at UTM

Department Name Title
Biology Dongling Zhao Laboratory assistant
Facilities Management and Planning Tom Silver Engineer
Library Angela Henshilwood Reference and research support specialist
Psychology Ashti-Leah Mindy Rampersad  Laboratory assistant


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